Summary of Organizational Culture and Leadership

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Organizational Culture and Leadership book summary
The book on organizational culture from the man who coined the phrase.


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This classic work by Edgar H. Schein is one of the most important books ever written about organizational culture. Schein, who coined the phrase "organizational culture," offers a comprehensive analysis of the subject in a style refreshingly unburdened by sociological jargon. He has organized the book logically into three units: he defines culture; explains cultural assumptions; and discusses the role of leaders in forming, transmitting and changing organizational cultures. He offers a good overview of the most important and relevant research in the field, but keeps his discussion focused and practical, with numerous references to real-world cases. getAbstract recommends this as an indispensable work for students of sociology and organizations. Managers looking for the essential information about organizational culture between the covers of one book need seek no further.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What "organizational culture" means;
  • How to study it;
  • How it grows and develops;
  • How to manage and transmit it; and
  • How and when to change it.


Defining Culture
Founders and leaders of organizations establish groups to achieve goals. The groups' successes validate the leaders' assumptions and values, which then shape the way the culture defines leadership for following generations.

Although culture is abstract, ...
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About the Author

Edgar H. Schein is a professor emeritus and a senior lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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